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BACDS March 2011 Electronic Mailing

BACDS sponsors English and American traditional dances in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is fun, relatively easy, community-oriented dancing with live music. All dances are taught, no partner is necessary, and first-timers are welcome unless otherwise noted.


BACDS Quarterly Calendar

See all the dances and special events for April-June of 2011.


Bay Area Country Dancer, #85 - March 2011

The BACDS newsletter. Catch up on all the local dance news.  In this issue:

  • Balance the Bay: A Contra Dance Experience You Don't Want to Miss
  • Memorial Dances for Patsy Bolt
  • There Might Still Be Time - Catch Spring Fever - March 18-20, 2011
  • Something New: English Dance Musicians' Course at Hey Days!
  • Volunteer Thanks
  • Other Notes
  • From the President (by Jens Dill)
  • Gender Balance Follow-up (by Jens Dill)
  • More New Dance Series
  • BACDS 30th Anniversary Planning Begins
  • Special Contra Dance in Palo Alto, Monday, March 21
  • Upcoming Events

Dancer #85 PDF issue


Spring Fever Myths Debunked

March 18-20, 2011, Aptos

Nothing travels faster than a rumor.  Well, it's time to set the record straight.  We take things you MIGHT have heard about Spring Fever and make sure you know what's what.  The truth shall set you free.  It might even bring you to camp!

Don't miss this opportunity for a great weekend with callers Kathy Anderson and Scott Higgs, bands Contra Sutra and The Latterday Lizards, singing with Doug Olsen, and swing dance with Yael Schy.


Register for the Playford Ball

April 2, 2010, San Jose

It's the season's high event for English Country Dance.  Bob Fraley will delight us as we return to the elegant location at the San Jose Women's Club.  And check out the pre-ball workshops on March 5, and 13, as well as the "rehearsal" dance on April 1st (no fooling!).


May Day Morris celebrations

May 1, 2010, throughout the Bay Area

Every year, BACDS teams and others join in a world-wide celebration to dance the Sun up and celebrate the 1st of May.  In the Bay Area you'll find us that Sunday morn in Sebastopol, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, and Santa Cruz, with lots of dancing the whole weekend long.  It's an age-old tradition!  We've been doing it for decades, and the Sun keeps coming up, so we must be doing something right.  Come out and join us!

Out of the area?  No worries - just check the North America May Day Morris page.


San Francisco Free Folk Festival

June 25-26, 2011, San Francisco

The San Francisco Free Folk Festival is a 2-day weekend event that offers music and dance workshops, performers on three stages, jams, and a family program.  It is open to all at no charge (though donations will be gratefully accepted).


American Week - new location, save the dates

July 3-8, 2011, La Honda

Celebrate and share your passions for music and dance during this week long camp in the Mendocino Woodlands, offering a kaleidoscope of dance, music, and learning experiences wrapped in serious fun and heartfelt camaraderie.


Family Week

July 3-9, 2011, Sonora

Join us for six full days of dancing, music, crafts, swimming, games and too much fun at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School near Sonora, Ca.


Come to Balance the Bay, San Francisco's own Contra Dance Weekend

August 12-14, 2011 in San Francisco.

Join us at the Janet Pomeroy Center on Skyline Drive, between the SF Zoo and Lake Merced, just a short walk from the ocean.  Experience the cool of summer in San Francisco.

Featuring:
- Steve Zakon-Anderson and Deb Comly, calling
- Music by The Groovemoners and Contra Sutra
- Waltzing, Couple Dances, Advanced Contra Medleys
- A Saturday Supper with all your new friends


Save the dates for English Week

August 21-28, 2011, Mendocino

New dates.  New Location in Wine Country.  Same wonderful camp experience that has been exhilarating campers for more than 20 years!


Looking for more places to dance?

We've compiled a list of Contra and English country dance venues.  Check out our easy-to-use summary with an at-a-glance look at the dancing month (and let us know if we missed any)!


Are you a BACDS member?

Our "rolling" memberships are now good for 12 months from the date you join so you can start enjoying the benefits today.  Be the envy of all your friends, and help support the dance community!


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